Let’s talk about my favorite macronutrient…protein.
Protein is absolutely essential to your daily diet.
With my busy lifestyle, I often find it hard to get enough protein at breakfast, lunch, or during my snacks and often find myself compensating for my lack of protein by trying to consume it all at dinner.
This is no bueno.
Luckily Skinnygirl has come out with these new Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes to help us reap some of the benefits of added protein:
Metabolism: Protein speeds up your metabolism because the body uses more calories to break down protein compared to fat or carbohydrates.
Oxygen: Protein carries oxygen throughout our bodies.
Immunity: Protein provides antibodies to protect us from infections.
Maintain Healthy Weight: Protein helps you feel full and satisfied. Research suggests getting 30% of calories from protein may help curb appetite.
Muscle Health: Getting protein in our bodies within 30 minutes after exercise supports lean muscle growth and recovery.
So, how much protein do we really need?
To calculate your protein needs use this formula:
Weight (lb.) x .38 = Grams of protein needed/day
The recommended dietary allowance for protein is 46 grams/day for the average woman.
We can achieve this by getting at least 25-30 grams of protein from a total of 3 meals and 10-15 grams of protein from 1-2 snacks daily.
The truth is: We all snack A LOT, and we should, but let’s all make an effort to snack wisely. This allows us to avoid consuming our energy from sugary snacks or not even snacking at all which can make us feel tired in the middle of the day.
This is not fun.
WE NEED ENERGY. Good energy and good protein.
I got the chance to try the newest product from the Skinnygirl line…Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes, a few weeks ago.
Each 11.5 oz. bottle has 80 calories, 0g sugar, and 12 grams of protein. Plus, they are gluten-free and low fat.
With these amazing nutritional facts, I was flooooooored.
The Rich Chocolate Brownie flavor was ultra creamy, with the perfect chocolate flavor, not too intense and the perfect cold snack after a hot, humid run here in Texas. It literally tasted like I was drinking dessert…only a healthy dessert
The Vanilla Bean Sundae held true to it’s name…it tastes just like vanilla bean ice cream. All you need is a cherry on top.
I was absolutely wowed by how good these protein shakes were.
Very impressive Skinnygirl.
These Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes are available at Walmart and Skinnygirldaily.com and will be coming to other retailers soon.
The shakes come in a 4-pack and are $5.78 at Walmart.
Now, let’s get creative.
You can actually use these protein shakes in just about any recipe that calls for milk or liquid.
More specifically, let’s put that Vanilla Bean Sundae protein shake into banana bread.
Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread.
This banana bread is spiced with cinnamon and packs an extra protein punch with the sweet taste of vanilla from the protein shake.
Plus, it’s gluten-free and has pecans for an added crunch!
So get to a store near you and try these shakes, and try my recipe below. Share in your excitement by following Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook and hashtagging your posts with #SkinnygirlProtein
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ c. egg whites
- ½ c. Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake
- ½ c. granulated stevia
- 1 t. baking soda
- ¼ t. ground cinnamon
- ¼ t. salt
- ½ c. coconut flour
- ½ c. raw pecan halves
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas through the baking soda until combined.
- Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and coconut flour until combined.
- Fold in the pecans.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden.
- Let cool and slice into even squares.